Jurgen Klopp has launched an angry defence of under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius, and gave a clear-cut warning that those criticising will pay the price.
The Liverpool keeper had an extremely poor match against Bournemouth last weekend, as he missed a regulation stop in the dying seconds which apparently capped the Cherries’ late fightback.
But Jurgen Klopp is still fuming at post-match comments made by defender Steve Cook, who suggested the Bournemouth team was targeting Karius as “a weak link”.
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“That’s one of the worst things I’ve ever heard,” said Klopp. “That a guy who won the game thinks he needs to say something like this after.
“I don’t care what he thought. If they thought before the game that Loris Karius is a weakness then I don’t know which game they were looking (at) because the game before against Sunderland he saved our life in three or four situations.” Klopp was quoted as saying by Guardian.
Cook’s comments drop a significant hint that Karius was “under a lot of pressure” following his summer transfer from Bundesliga, and it ensured angry Klopp is desperately looking forward to the return fixture in his diary.
“I am really looking forward to playing Bournemouth again now because of this,” he said ahead of today’s visit of West Ham.
But Klopp also said it loud and clear that by the time April 5 comes around, Karius will be getting the respect he deserves.
“The criticism was very harsh. When we analysed the game I found eight players who could have defended the goal before Loris was involved,” said the German boss.
“He made a mistake but even the best goalkeepers in the world make mistakes. We were all responsible for this defeat.”